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A $200,000 Rasmuson Foundation grant will mostly go to upgrade the kitchen at the Government Peak Recreation Area chalet as the Mat-Su Borough tries to lure weddings and other rentals. Zaz Hollander
Great Land Trust and Eklutna Inc. are preserving more than 1,300 acres of land in Butte and Chugiak under conservation easements around popular recreation areas near Jim Lake. Zaz Hollander
Alyeska Resort will open a few ski and snowboard trails on the upper mountain for three days starting Friday before shutting down again to make more snow. Lift tickets will be discounted.Megan Edge
Snowmaking was expected to begin two winters ago at Kincaid Park, but initial testing revealed problems that included a leak in a main water line, plus clogging due to sand and silt that infiltrated the system. Nathaniel Herz
Two of a group of three moose hunters from Southcentral Alaska ended up in jail in Glennallen on Monday, according to troopers, who say problems for the men apparently started with a little too much to drink in camp on Sunday evening.Craig Medred
Angel Collinson, 24, delivers a performance that suggests she’s now one of the top big-mountain female skiers in the world, tackling steep Alaska peaks. Alaska Dispatch News

For the first time in two decades of adventure filmmaking, the lead segment of Teton Gravity Research’s annual film features a woman.

Mike Campbell
At the end of the day, the most fun gifts are usually not the things we actually need most. One of the highest compliments I can pay to someone giving me a gift is a) I love it, and b) I would never ever get this for myself. But if all else fails or if you run out of time, there really is absolutely nothing wrong with a gift card. Alli Harvey
Most accidents driving a team of sled dogs were caused by a lack of preparedness or, like Karin Hendrickson’s, were an accident in its purest form.John Schandelmeier
A well-known Alaska whitewater paddler died in an accident Sunday on a river near Seattle. Xavier Engle, 27, was living in Washington while studying to be a physician.Craig Medred
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